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21

Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of AT&T Park
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Sam Miller

07-15

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8

Pebble Hunting: The Spectator Attention Test
by
Sam Miller

04-24

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2

Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
by
Larry Granillo

12-04

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2

BP Unfiltered: From the Winter Meetings: An interview with Dodgers President Stan Kasten
by
Maury Brown

10-31

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3

Wezen-Ball: World Series Riots
by
Larry Granillo

06-25

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3

BP Unfiltered: Not Everyone is Excited to Be on TV
by
Ben Lindbergh

04-02

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7

Bizball: Inside MLB’s Social Media Policy for Players
by
Maury Brown

02-29

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12

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

10-31

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22

Playoff Prospectus: Shuffling Through the World Series
by
Jason Parks

09-19

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10

Wezen-Ball: Adopting the NFL's Weekly Schedule
by
Larry Granillo

08-22

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41

Changing Speeds: Ethical Bandwagon Jumping
by
Ken Funck

08-08

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18

Wezen-Ball: The Biggest Dangers in Baseball
by
Larry Granillo

07-22

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18

Baseball ProGUESTus: Should the Bucs Be Buyers?
by
Rob Neyer

07-15

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13

Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

06-06

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winners' Weekend
by
Larry Granillo

05-27

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5

Baseball ProGUESTus: Curing the Frank McCourt Blues
by
Eric Nusbaum

05-06

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13

Contractual Matters: Screen Test
by
Jeff Euston

04-29

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11

Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos
by
David Laurila

04-25

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1

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service
by
Larry Granillo

04-22

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48

Expanded Horizons: Eight, Ten, Here We Go Again
by
Tommy Bennett

04-19

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26

The Payoff Pitch: Plenty of Good Seats Still Available
by
Neil deMause

04-05

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1

The BP Wayback Machine: Snowbound Schedule
by
Nate Silver

03-14

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36

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway
by
Matt Swartz

03-11

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5

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock
by
Larry Granillo

03-01

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8

The BP Wayback Machine: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
by
Nate Silver

01-19

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Expanded Horizons: A Dominican Adventure
by
Tommy Bennett

12-03

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11

BP Unfiltered: Remembering Santo
by
Colin Wyers

11-17

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Prospectus Q&A: J.C. Bradbury, Part II
by
David Laurila

11-03

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4

Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part II
by
David Laurila

09-10

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4

Prospectus Q&A: Dave Niehaus and Rick Rizzs
by
David Laurila

09-03

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5

Manufactured Runs: Hero Worship
by
Colin Wyers

08-04

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5

On the Beat: A Nice Change of Pace
by
John Perrotto

07-28

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2

California League Tour, Part 2
by
Charles Dahan

07-21

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9

California League Tour, Part 1
by
Charles Dahan

07-15

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25

Changing Speeds: Business Casual
by
Ken Funck

07-14

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10

Ahead in the Count: Three Eras of All-Star Voting
by
Matt Swartz

07-04

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BP Unfiltered: Five Minutes with Jason Berken
by
David Laurila

07-02

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56

Top 10 Week: MLB Radio Broadcasters
by
Scott McCauley

06-30

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13

Manufactured Runs: Who's an All-Star?
by
Colin Wyers

06-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Chris Perez
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David Laurila

03-19

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7

Player Profile: Nomar Garciaparra
by
Marc Normandin

03-14

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11

On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

06-28

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29

Prospectus Idol Entry: The First World Series Turncoat
by
Matt Swartz

04-08

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On the Beat: Changes in Slow Motion
by
John Perrotto

10-28

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5

Doctoring The Numbers: When the Rains Come
by
Rany Jazayerli

09-29

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8

Prospectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable Brew
by
Jay Jaffe

09-22

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29

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Decline and Fall of Yankee Stadium
by
Jay Jaffe

07-24

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Lies, Damned Lies: Shrinking the Ballpark
by
Nate Silver

07-11

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Lies, Damned Lies: Running Up the White Flag
by
Nate Silver

04-29

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Blazing the O'Malley Trail
by
Gary Gillette

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Trading for a veteran might not seem to make sense for Pittsburgh, but the Pirates' greatest treasure might be the goodwill of their fans.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Rob Neyer is the National Baseball Editor for SB Nation. He's been a Royals fan since 1976, and regretting it since 1986.

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the oldest team without a title.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Allen Barra writes about sports for the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, and The Atlantic.com. He is the author of Yogi Berra, Eternal Yankee (2009) and Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark (2010). His next book is Mickey and Willie: The Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age, due out in 2011 from Crown.

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June 6, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Winners' Weekend

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Larry Granillo

Four Pujols homers, a Marlin massacre, and more of the same from Morton give the Cardinals, Brewers, and Pirates reason for optimism.

“The season is a marathon, not a sprint."—A thousand writers looking for an easy lead-in to their articles.

The marathon nature of the baseball season lends itself to a number of quirks, one of which is a tendency to stretch small problems into colossal issues that are set to sink the entire season. When Josh Hamilton started off the 2010 campaign hitting .205 in his first 13 games (and .242 as late as April 26), baseball fans everywhere—and, in particular, in the Dallas area—were wondering if he could "break out of his slump" or if he would ever regain his form from 2008. Of course, Hamilton would go on to win the American League Most Valuable Player award and lead his team to the World Series, but no one could know that at the time. All anyone could see was that a star player was slumping, which was regarded as a cause for concern.

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Has the time come to end the scourge of evil owners with a simple contract?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Eric Nusbaum is a writer born in Los Angeles and living in Seattle. He founded and co-edits Pitchers & Poets, a blog devoted to conversation about baseball and its place in our world. A story he wrote for that blog appeared in the 2010 edition of Best American Sportswriting.

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Should MLB take the simple step of extending the protective screens behind home plate?

Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews has seen more than his share of foul balls. Now in his 43rd season, the Hall of Fame play-by-play man with a dry wit regularly employs a succinct description of a ball hit too hard for a fan to try to catch barehanded. “Bad trajectory,” Matthews occasionally observes, in a tone of voice that suggests you couldn’t pay him to make a play on the foul ball.

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April 29, 2011 5:51 am

Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos

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David Laurila

The Blue Jays' GM discusses his organizational philosophy, his love of scouting and how it plays a role in his work, and competing in the AL East.

He’s too humble to admit it, but Alex Anthopoulos has done an outstanding job since replacing J.P. Ricciardi as the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in October 2009. He has orchestrated high-impact trades, most notably deals involving Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells, as well as prudent, if not as newsworthy, free-agent signings. Just as importantly, he has been placing a huge emphasis on scouting and player development, which should come as no surprise given his background as a scouting coordinator. A 33-year-old native of Montreal, Anthopoulos has an economics degree from McMaster University.

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April 25, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: At Your Service

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Larry Granillo

No analysis of a major move is complete without some consideration of what it might mean for the fanbase.

Why would a team sign a 27-year-old Ryan Braun to a five-year, $105 million contract extension when the extension is still five years from kicking in, as the Brewers did last week? There are certainly practical reasons, but one overriding one that rarely receives its full due from analysts is fan service. The small market curse—that teams can develop superstars, but cannot afford to retain them—is very much alive in Milwaukee, and fans are keenly aware of it. The Prince Fielder situation is a perfect example of this.

In Prince Fielder's final plate appearance at Miller Park in the 2010 season, the 30,000 fans in attendance  gave him a rousing ovation. Later, after Fielder walked and was replaced by a pinch-runner, the ovation was louder and longer, forcing a curtain call from the slugger. It wasn't because Fielder had just hit a walk-off home run or knocked in the winning run. It was because not a single person in the stadium believed that the power-hitting first baseman, who had finished third in MVP voting in 2007 and fourth in 2009, would ever play a game in a Brewers uniform in Miller Park again. The fans wanted to make sure that he knew how much he was appreciated.

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Expanding the playoff field from eight to ten teams might enrich the Lords of the Realm, but what effect would it have on the fans?

Bud Selig has started up the expanded-playoff mill once again. On Thursday, the Commissioner told the AP that he believes the playoffs will expand from eight teams to 10 beginning in the 2012 season, reigniting what was already a very controversial issue even among the most devoted of baseball fans. At BP, reactions have ranged from pure criticism to mild tolerance. I propose we put to one side, at least for the moment, what the right answer is. Let’s see if we can first agree on a set of common principles on which to evaluate a proposal like this one.

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April 19, 2011 10:00 am

The Payoff Pitch: Plenty of Good Seats Still Available

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Neil deMause

Are April's record-low attendance marks a sign that the ticket bubble has burst?

The young baseball season is already shaping up to be lots of things—the Year of the Great Red Sox Collapse, maybe, or the Year of the Exploding Appendices—but one theme that might actually survive small-sample goofiness to have some legs is the Year the Fans Went Away. MLB attendance has been gradually sliding ever since its peak in 2007, but the early signs this year have been pretty alarming:

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Revisiting Nate's attempt to quantify the trade-off in scheduling cold-weather games.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

As we welcome another stretch of cold-weather baseball and its attendant scheduling concerns, here's another look at Nate Silver's statistical take on the subject in a "Lies, Damned Lies" column from April 13, 2007.

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March 14, 2011 9:00 am

Ahead in the Count: Battle for the Beltway

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Matt Swartz

In the Nationals' and Orioles' battle for the local fan base, the team that blinks first may stand to gain the most.

This past month, I moved back up I-95 from Washington to Philadelphia, where I’d spent all but the previous eighteen months of my life. There has been only one major-league franchise in the City of Brotherly Love since the Athletics forsook Philly in 1955, but as I discovered during my sojourn in the District, many baseball fans in the DC area have been torn between the Baltimore Orioles, for whom many of them grew up cheering, and the Washington Nationals, who emigrated from Montreal in 2005. Neither team has been good during their years of geographic coexistence, and the metropolitan area has not seen a playoff game since 1997, but both teams have slowly begun to develop the young talent necessary to compete. Although animosity stemming from Orioles owner Peter Angelos’ opposition to a Washington franchise has cost the O’s some fans, many in the DC area have yet to determine their allegiance.

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March 11, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Unwinding the Misery Clock

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Larry Granillo

Taking stock of each NL Central team's efforts to turn back the "misery clock" and return to October.

Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com wrote on Tuesday that Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is "a forgotten man in the eyes of many if not most Sox fans." With a seemingly full rotation and a bullpen to match, the 44-year-old knuckler has little room to breathe this spring, and his 5.42 ERA since the 2009 All-Star break isn't helping matters. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Wakefield is fighting for his baseball life (in fact, someone did).

Meanwhile, on the other side of Florida, Miguel Batista is also fighting for his baseball life. Signed by the Cardinals in January, the 40-year-old hurler has been quietly making his case in Jupiter for a spot on the Opening Day roster. A beneficiary of the Adam Wainwright injury, Batista has a shot at making the squad in a long-relief role or even as a spot starter.

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